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News Links | February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

Studium to explore public programming

Drawing on more than a decade of event production in person and online, Tilly Hinton will share her principles for humanizing the experience during Peninsula College’s Studium Generale event at 12:30 p.m. today. ... This session will take participants inside the usually hidden, inner workings of public programming to “explore how cultivating belonging, attentiveness and sustenance can transform audience experience,” according to a press release.
Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 25, 2021

More than $1 million available to Walla Walla Community College students

Walla Walla Community College has than $1 million available now to help students cover their education costs. The immediate financial assistance is part of federal relief funds the college received from the U.S. government through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. WWCC will spend the money to support students and upgrade its technology infrastructure.
NBC Right Now, Feb. 24, 2021

Peninsula College touts medical assistant program

Peninsula College’s Medical Assisting Program offers students the opportunity to gain professional skills in an in-demand field, that they can apply both regionally and nationally, college officials noted last week. Applications are being accepted now for a fall start.
Sequim Gazette, Feb. 24, 2021

Bill addresses mental health among college students

... House Bill 1468 would authorize the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to create a pilot program to make mental health and counseling services more accessible to students, according to the bill’s text. ... Matt Killebrew, director of communications for Big Bend Community College, based near Moses Lake, said in an interview with the Herald he supports HB 1468.
Columbia Basin Herald, Feb. 23, 2021

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes leads talk on Pacific Northwest

... Hayes, Earth Day’s primary national organizer in 1970 and lifelong environmental activist and advocate, will lead a Zoom discussion at 5 p.m. today about how the Pacific Northwest can be a leader in building healthy human ecosystems at Clark College Foundation’s “Creating Super Green Cities” virtual event.
The Columbian, Feb. 23, 2021

WCC community and adult classes

Whatcom Community College Community & Continuing Education program specialist Shandeen Gemanis joins Mike to talk about the wide variety of non-credit virtual classes being offered this spring. [Audio]
KGMI, Feb. 22, 2021

Gesa announces new CBC co-branded debit card to raise funds for the CBC Foundation

Gesa Credit Union and Columbia Basin College (CBC) announced the creation of the first CBC co-branded affinity debit card from Gesa Credit Union. The new card is designed to raise unrestricted funds for the Columbia Basin College Foundation to allocate toward its Emergency Fund, which is used by students for books, supplies, rent, and tuition. 
NBC Right Now, Feb. 22, 2021

Trends | Horizons | Education

Commentary: Celebrating Black history at the nation’s community colleges

The presence of African-American presidents, staff and faculty has played a key role in advancing the open-door policy and primary mission of the American community college system. During the 1960s and 1970s, community college campuses were expanding rapidly within urban and suburban America. It was also during this period that the central cities of urban America were exploding in rebellion.
Community College Daily, Feb. 25, 2021

A jump start to college

... According to research from the Community College Research Center, students who take college courses while in high school are more likely to go on to higher education and take less time to graduate than their counterparts who do not. “When a student successfully completes a dual credit course, their mindset changes,” said COD President Brian Caputo.
Community College Daily, Feb. 25, 2021

Do students feel heard on campus?

Inviting feedback from college students doesn’t necessarily mean they feel heard -- just as spelling out campus department functions online doesn’t guarantee students know whom to turn to when an issue arises. With higher ed financial models relying on satisfied students who stay and complete their studies, those realities spell trouble.
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 24, 2021

Expanded SNAP benefits to help students

The U.S. Education Department (ED) is encouraging colleges to inform their students about recently expanded SNAP benefits to help students during the pandemic. ED, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has issued guidance to postsecondary institutions to inform them about temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for students in need.
Community College Daily, Feb. 23, 2021

Teens cool toward four-year college, warm up to CTE

A new national survey of U.S. teens indicates their likelihood of pursuing a four-year degree has decreased substantially over the past eight months, while a growing number believe they can achieve professional success with a postsecondary education attained in three years or less.
Community College Daily, Feb. 23, 2021

Politics | Local, State, National

Commentary: Washington Watch: House may pass stimulus bill Friday

The House Rules Committee is expected on Friday to approve the American Rescue Act, and it’s likely the full House will pass it later the same day. The higher education provisions in the bill brought before the Rules Committee are substantially modified in form, if not effect, compared to legislation passed by the House Education and Labor Committee. The changes are to enhance compliance with Senate legislative budget “reconciliation” procedures. 
Community College Daily, Feb. 24, 2021


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